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Blouse, "Shadow" and "Into Black" (Old Wave Records)


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These days, there are few secrets on the Internet. Our insatiable need for information and transparency is erasing the boundaries of personal space and the private; when the government's secrets end up on WikiLeaks and Taylor Swift's new album is just a click away for anyone with knowledge of Ra...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Archers Thursday, Dec. 2


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One of Portland’s best new rock bands runs away from a hapless SoCal town.

[GUIDED BY INDIE-ROCK VOICES] Growing up in the quiet, conservative town of Romoland, Calif., (pop. 2,764) Chris and Mike Cantino of the angular indie-rock band Archers knew they didn’t really fit in. “People were most interested in dirt bikes and money,” Chris says with a straight fac...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Archers Thursday, Dec. 2

One of Portland’s best new rock bands runs away from a hapless SoCal town.


Music Stories
[GUIDED BY INDIE-ROCK VOICES] Growing up in the quiet, conservative town of Romoland, Calif., (pop. 2,764) Chris and Mike Cantino of the angular indie-rock band Archers knew they didn’t really f ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

CD Review: Problems?


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You Have To Hold On (Birdseed Collective)

[HEADPHONE MASTERPIECE] Opening your debut EP with a sampled snippet from 2001: A Space Odyssey proclaiming, “My God, it’s full of stars!” is one bold, audacious move. It’s a claim that’s damn hard to live up to: The scene is set, expectations are suddenly sky-high, and you come off as just a wee b...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

CD Review: Problems?

You Have To Hold On (Birdseed Collective)


Music Stories
[HEADPHONE MASTERPIECE] Opening your debut EP with a sampled snippet from 2001: A Space Odyssey proclaiming, “My God, it’s full of stars!” is one bold, audacious move. It’s a c ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Championship Swagger


Bar Reviews
Let me get this out of the way early: Spirit of 77 (500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., spiritof77bar.com), the new Trail Blazers-themed watering hole, is not the best sports bar in town. But still, ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Introducing Wild Ones


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Well, how about this for a Tuesday surprise: Danielle Sullivan, Thomas Himes, and Clayton Knapp of beloved (and, sadly, inactive) local indie poppers Eskimo & Sons have a new band. And website. And five song EP, You're a Winner, that you can download fo...   More
 
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Video: The Decemberists Get "Down" on Conan


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I'm an awful Conan O'Brien fan. I'll admit that I'm not the most devout member of "Team Coco," but my excitement for The Big Red Head's new TBS talk show has waned to the point that I would have completely forgotten he was on if it wasn't for Colin Meloy. Last night the Decemberists debu...   More
 
Friday, November 19, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Yeah Great Fine Wednesday, Nov. 17


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Former members of the Grown Children make math rock for dancers.

[INTELLIGENT PARTY MUSIC] When Yeah Great Fine embarked on its first Northwestern tour, the band worried it would be hard for people outside Portland to understand its blend of up-tempo, fun dance music and odd, jazzy time signatures. It only took one special night in La Grande to change opinions. “When we got th...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Primer: Blonde Redhead


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Formed: In New York City in 1993. Sounds like: Two decades of 4AD records soundtracking an arty French film in which a young couple sits at a coffee table dreaming about horses. For fans of: Early Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Asobi Seksu. Latest release: 2010’s electronic-infused lullaby Penny Sparkle. Why you care: Few bands exud...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
 

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